Luncheon Fireside Chat Keynote Speaker

Robert Haddow Beaven 

Better Man Movement


Fireside Chat: A Better Man Movement – Men as Allies


Workshop Description:  

The Better Man Movement provides resources, support, and community to encourage the involvement of men in creating an inclusive culture. Through our workshops, training, and events, our programming shifts organizations from managing diversity as a necessity to leveraging differences for allyship, connection, and collaboration. Men are often not comfortable or confident in how to contribute to inclusion efforts. Division, uncertainty, and rapid changes in the conversation can contribute to hesitancy around what their role is, or fear of being canceled for saying the wrong thing. Better Man Conference events are a prime starting place for men to explore the roles they might play as allies for inclusion without shame or blame:


In this fireside chat, moderated by Dr. Nika White, Robert, Ray and Jason will amplify the need for men to serve as allies. Topics to be covered include:


* Understanding the value of healthy masculinity and inclusive leadership

* Learn the language and gain confidence in context to engage in discussions

* Learn how to leverage power and position to elevate people who are too often underrepresented and underestimated

Robert’s Bio:  

Focused on Inclusion, Equity and Diversity as an Advocate in Training.


As the COO/CRO of Jennifer Brown Consulting and a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner, Robert Beaven oversees all JBC company operations with a focus on strategic business development, operational effectiveness, and organizational culture development. He is an adept cross-team facilitator who enables diverse groups to collaboratively align to ensure effective change management and thoughtful, impactful integration.


A self-described “Ally-in-Training”, Robert holds a BS in Authentic Leadership and Organizational Development and is earning his MBA with a graduation date of October 2021. He believes that it is the responsibility of men, who most often hold positions of power, to use that power and their privilege to drive positive change and ensure everyone feels Welcomed, Valued, Respected, and Heard at work. By meeting C-suite leaders where they are and without judgment, his goal is to help them see workplace dynamics through a new lens, so they can create more impactful organizations from the top down.


Robert is a Co-Founder of the Better Man Movement and the Better Man Conference, a national event which provides the resources, support, and community to engage men as allies in creating more inclusive cultures. He graduated and volunteers for the Mankind Project, a global organization that is focused on redefining masculinity.


Robert was involved in the early stages of business development for Jack Welch’s leadership training program, The Welch Way. He has also brought his operational and leadership skills to several startup organizations as a founding partner, and is Board Chair for several non-profit organizations.


Robert lives with his spouse and five children (a beautiful, blended family) in the Philadelphia area.